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Hello and welcome to iGarden. Anyone who knows me will know that I am 'The Compulsive Gardener' - I love everything about gardening.

Allow me to share some of my enthusiasm and interests in gardening with a focus on the plants I know best and those that do especially well in my own Sydney garden.

This is more than just about plants: it's also about the people involved in gardening; their books and gardens; planting schemes; choosing appropriate plant types; colour selection... There is plenty to think and read about in iGarden.

So, while you are here, enjoy all my blogs, have a browse through my list of Plants and don't forget to check out the Discussion Forums, Marketplace, Garden Ramble and your local Gardening Events.

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"Hydrangea time"

Meet a rather different member of the genus Hydrangea.

The genus Hydrangea is one of the stars of the November garden - and with all the rain we have had in spring, they are particularly beautiful this year. I have written a blog about Hydrangea macrophylla, which includes most of the types we see in our gardens in Sydney, but there are other less common species that grow quite well in our climate, including Hydrangea quercifolia  ... Read On »

December in my garden

What's in bloom

See the full list of what's flowering in my garden this month. Here »

Jobs to do

December is a busy month, when there is not so much time for gardening! However, there are a few important tasks to remember. Read More »

My Gardening Tip of the month

The garden can be given a bit of a tidy up in preparation for Christmas visitors! I find that by early December, many of my flowering plants, such as Salvia, Verbena, Gaura and Nicotiana are looking a bit straggly and tired so I trim them back to promote a fresh crop of flowers. There are lots of weeds in my garden at this time, too, that need to be pulled out, as they compete with the plants for moisture and nutrients. Deadhead the spent flowering stems of Acanthus mollis and Phormium, throwing the spikes into the green bin - do not compost as seedlings may come up through your garden if this is done. Deadhead Canna and Dahlia regularly to keep them flowering well and keep them tidy.Make sure tall plants have sufficient support so they don't snap off when it is wet or windy. Cradle stakes provide good support.

My Plant Reference

My current garden is located in one of Sydney's northern suburbs so my focus is naturally on what does well here. I have grown over 300 different plant varieties that are all described in this reference.
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"Propagation Tips" forum topic: "Hibiscus propagation "

Lana asks:
 Hello, I tried to propagate Hibiscus plant from cuttings, but no good result. Plant is very old with beautiful baby pink flowers, it hard to find plants like this in our day. I have tried so many times propagate in water, in soil - no luck. What time is better to start Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter? After flowering or before. I hope somebody will help me. Kind Regards Lana

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